Much to the surprise of many, Brianna Wu’s previously announced Gamergate television series is moving forward, recently adding veteran entertainment producers Brent Miller and Norman Lear to its production team.
As announced by Deadline on March 8th, Miller, best known for executive producing the 2017 reboot of One Day at a Time, and Lear, the creator of such popular sitcoms as All in the Family and Sanford and Son, will executive produce the Mind Riot Entertainment-developed series through the latter’s Act III Productions studio.
The pair will serve as executive producers alongside Wu and Mind Riot Entertainment’s Jonathan Keasey (Give Me Shelter) and Jeremy J. Dodd (One Nation Under Earl).
Of Lear’s addition to the team, Keasey told Deadline, “Given Mr. Lear’s legacy as a glass-ceiling breaker for marginalized communities in his historic career, we chose his Act III banner for their conscientious and empathetic approach to storytelling.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Brianna Wu and Mind Riot Entertainment in telling these stories,” said Miller. “The gaming industry has exploded over the past decade bringing in more revenue than sports and movies combined worldwide. However, the number of female engineers in the gaming industry is less than 5%. One doesn’t have to be a gamer to recognize something is off with this percentage.”
Developed by Wu in collaboration with the fledgling Mind Riot Entertainment, whose only industry presence appears to be the very announcement of this project, the Gamergate series will reportedly “explore the origins of the widespread intimidation campaign from the perspective of multiple, fictional people in the game industry – from executives to journalists and indie developers.”
“We’re not going to retread the same story told in thousands of news stories from outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post, plus multiple documentaries like GTFO,” Wu explained of the project when it was announced in October 2021. “Our series will focus on new, fictional people within the industry reacting to a horrific situation.”
“By explaining how they were unable to stop the video game industry from being hijacked by the lunatic fringe – we can show how the tactics of Gamergate were the same ones that led to tragedies like Christchurch and January 6th,” she added.
Notably, this drama-based project has no relation to the previously announced, ‘Pitch Perfect’-esque Gamergate comedy film set to be written by Julia Yorks and star Elliot Page – who was cast when still identifying as Ellen – which Wu previously criticized for “turning the worst event of her life into a comedy.”
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